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French Curriculum - The Big Picture

Philosophy

The language we have chosen to teach within our primary schools is French. In line with the Primary National Curriculum programme of study for languages, at BEBCMAT we aspire to enable students to develop their language skills and to promote a greater respect, awareness and understanding of different cultures.

Our KS2 scheme of learning provides quality opportunities for students to explore language, culture, and foster a confidence to communicate effectively in another language. This provides the foundation for learning further languages in KS3 and enables future study and work in other countries.

We aim to provide a comprehensive programme of study which focuses on the four main areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through a progressively more challenging curriculum, with clear milestones broken down into consistent, manageable steps, lessons will consolidate and build upon previous learning with opportunities to make links to other subjects where appropriate to ensure relevance and depth.

Encouraging students to have the confidence to engage in speaking and listening activities, with enthusiasm and pleasure, is a priority. In addition we aim to provide access to real life scenarios in the target language which will be used to develop language patterns and fluency. We will develop an appreciation and enjoyment through songs and games in the language studied whilst fostering a respect and appreciation of cultural similarities and differences.

We expect students to make excellent progress developing their skills and confidence, with the aim of being able to speak, listen and read with confidence, and with the ability to write simple target sentences, by the end of KS2.

Implementation

Our MFL curriculum develops progressively through KS2. We use the Language Angels scheme to support our teaching which engages children with a combination of interactive games and activities which encourage children to speak with increasing confidence, listen to French speakers and offers grammatical support to develop writing. Each term a new topic is focused upon which builds on language learnt in previous topics. By the end of KS2 the children have developed a broad bank of vocabulary and are able to construct their own grammatically correct sentences. All KS2 children have weekly French lessons and assessment is built into each unit, where children are able to demonstrate their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The MFL lead, Mrs Lee is in regular contact with teachers to support their teaching and develop new ways of incorporating language learning into the curriculum. Home learning is encouraged and all children have access to the online learning units and games.

Impact

We want our children to be engaged, enthusiastic and make good progress in their language learning in line with age related expectations and beyond. We ensure that the curriculum inspires our children to make good progress and provides opportunities for developing confidence in their language skills in a supportive environment. This involves plenty of opportunities for speaking and listening activities, linked to real life scenarios, and developing written skills as their knowledge increases. Through our curriculum we ensure that the key language learning skills set out by the National Curriculum are met. We also recognise the importance of developing a respect and interest in other cultures.

Curriculum Map

Year 3

Autumn 1

Core Vocabulary
Phonetics: alphabet & core sounds.
Introduction to France Unit.

Autumn 2

Core Vocabulary
Phonetics development.
Early Language Animals Unit.

Spring 1

Core Vocabulary
Early Language Musical Instruments Unit.

Spring 2

Core Vocabulary
Early Language Fruit Unit.

Summer 1

Core Vocabulary

Early Language
Seasons Unit

Summer 2

Core Vocabulary

Early Language I can… je peux…

Year 4

Autumn 1

Core Vocabulary

Phonetics alphabet & core sounds.

Early Language: Fruits Unit

Autumn 2

Core Vocabulary

Phonetics Development.

Early Language: Vegetables Unit

Spring 1

Core Vocabulary

Early Language: Seasons Unit

Spring 2

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: Presenting Myself Unit

Summer 1

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: Classroom Unit

Summer 2

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: House Unit

Year 5

Autumn 1

Core Vocabulary

Phonetics alphabet & core sounds plus further development

Autumn 2

Core Vocabulary

Phonetics Development.

Early Lang: Vegetables Unit

Spring 1

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: Presenting Myself Unit

Spring 2

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: Family Unit

Summer 1

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: The Weather Unit

Summer 2

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: Clothes Unit

Year 6

Autumn 1

Core Vocabulary

Phonetics alphabet & core sounds plus further development

Autumn 2

Core Vocabulary

Phonetics Development.

Intermediate Language: Presenting Myself Unit

Spring 1

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: Do you have a pet?

Spring 2

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: What’s the date/weather?

Summer 1

Core Vocabulary

Intermediate Language: My House Unit

Summer 2

Core Vocabulary

Progressive Language: School Unit

Autumn: To be able to...

Key Stage Two

To develop a knowledge of phonetic pronunciation differences and begin to practice sounds. To become familiar with listening exercises in the target language.

To begin to develop a bank of vocabulary in order to introduce themselves and give additional details (dependent on year group).

To develop a knowledge of France as a country with its culture and history.

Spring: To be able to...

Key Stage Two

To practice and become more confident with phonic differences and begin to apply them with more accuracy.

To consolidate and develop vocabulary and continue to develop listening skills.
To continue learning about france.

To begin to recognise and use french grammatical structures (ne…pas negative form)
To begin to construct written sentences using taught phrases. (J’aime / les pommes)

Summer: To be able to...

Key Stage Two

To consolidate phonic knowledge and speak with more confidence and accuracy of pronunciation. To develop accurate listening skills.
To read previously taught language accurately.

To rehearse previous and new vocabulary and develop within different sentence structures.
To speak with confidence and increased accuracy.
To manipulate previously taught vocabulary and verbs in order to write short sentences independently. (j’ai / un hamster / gris)